when talking about artists with immense potential, Jaden Smith is always one of the first people i think of. his 2017 debut SYRE was unique, eclectic, and narratively experimental - making it one of the most unfairly dismissed albums of the past couple years. this isn’t to say that SYRE is perfect, or an unsung masterpiece. it’s very much the product of an artist in the process of discovering himself artistically, but it gives us a glimpse of a very promising future for the multitalented offspring of pop culture icons Will and Jada Pinkett. on SYRE, Jaden’s singing voice is endearing, his rapping delivery - which is usually deadpan to a fault - is either energetic or fittingly wooden, and his ear for production is more sophisticated than that of most artists his age. the project also contains stylistic variety to spare, with a spectrum of influences that ranges from trap to acoustic guitar ballads and everything in between, yet it all feels cohesive. it all feels like it belongs in SYRE’s pink-skied fictional universe, taking me to my next point: the record’s loose yet intriguingly mysterious narrative. my interpretation of the story being told here is that Syre was shot down, and instead of moving on to the afterlife, he found himself stuck in a state of limbo where it’s always golden hour. this serves as an allegory for the effects that heartbreak can have on a person, something that i very profoundly relate to; and Jaden’s approach to the subject matter is earnest, heartfelt, and most importantly, effective. don’t miss out on Jaden’s solid debut effort, and i wouldn’t underestimate him either, he has great potential, and given his connections with Cudi, Rocky, Tyler, and even BROCKHAMPTON, i’d say he’s on the right track.
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